Thursday, August 11, 2005

On Trustees and Hysterectomies

Last Monday’s (August 8, 2005) Boston Globe carried a long article about unnecessary hysterectomies.

I sent an e-mail to the reporter, congratulating her on a fine piece of journalism and asking two questions:

- Did the trustees of the hospitals in which the unnecessary hysterectomies were performed have any responsibility for seeing to it that action was taken to prevent them and, if so
- Why was that never mentioned in articles like this?

She responded quickly. After thanking me for the congratulations, she said

- My question was interesting.
- She didn’t know the answer.
- She would try to find out.

We’ll see.

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